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        2008 ARIA Fine Arts Awards winners announced
                                     Chris Lilley
                                    Andrea Keller
                            Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
                Richard Tognetti, Neal Peres Da Costa & Daniel Yeadon

At the 2008 ARIA Fine Arts Awards tonight, expectant mother Andrea Keller won her third ARIA Award,
Richard Tognetti scored a hat trick, Chris Lilley was recognised for his unique comic brilliance, and
angel-voiced Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu took the first of a possible four ARIA Awards in 2008.

The ARIA Fine Arts ceremony celebrated both passion and excellence within the Australian music
industry across four genres. Honouring achievements in the Classical, Jazz, World Music and
Soundtrack/Cast/Show recordings, the Fine Arts event, now in its fifth year in the ARIA program, was
held for the first time at the magnificent City Recital Hall, Angel Place in Sydney.

Winner of the ARIA Award for BEST SOUNDTRACK/CAST/SHOW ALBUM is one Australian television’s
great success stories of recent years, Chris Lilley. His 4CD set release of SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH, the
cult mockumentary hit from ABC TV, demonstrates Lilley’s comedic brilliance and why Australians of all
ages have adopted the vocal mannerisms of Jonah, Ja’mie and Mr G.

Having won the last two ARIA Awards for BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM for his Bach series, National Living
Treasure Richard Tognetti makes it a hat trick – the first time ever in this category. For this year’s ARIA
Award winner, BACH SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & KEYBOARD, Tognetti was joined by musical and real life
partners Neal Peres Da Costa on harpsichord and organ, and Daniel Yeadon on cello and viola da
gamba.

FOOTPRINTS, the winner of the BEST JAZZ ALBUM, is a tribute album to the great composer and
saxophonist Wayne Shorter by Melbourne-based pianist Andrea Keller. Andrea couldn’t attend the
awards as she is due to give birth to her second child in less than two weeks, but will be back on stage to
perform this album in November at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.

One of this year’s great musical discoveries is a blind singer from North East Arnhem Land Geoffrey
Gurrumul Yunupingu. His album, GURRUMUL, has won the ARIA Award for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM.
It is largely sung in indigenous languages and has had music critics hailing the arrival of an extraordinary
talent, a veritable “gift from the gods”. The ARIA voters have agreed and he has been nominated for
four ARIAs this year, including the coveted BEST MALE ARTIST. One down, three to go?

The 2008 ARIA Fine Arts Awards was hosted by Australian screen icon Jack Thompson, with special
guest presenters: director Bruce Beresford; three time ARIA Award winner Paul Dyer; and opera stars
Emma Matthews and Philip Langridge.

The audience was treated to performances by this year’s nominees: Grace Knight; Mike Nock; Archie
Roach; Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon; and The Divas from Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The
Musical.
2008 ARIA FINE ARTS AWARDS WINNERS
Best Classical Album
RICHARD TOGNETTI, NEAL PERES DA COSTA & DANIEL YEADON
Bach Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard
(ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album
ANDREA KELLER
Footprints
(ABC Jazz)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
CHRIS LILLEY
Summer Heights High
(ABC Music)

Best World Music Album
GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU
Gurrumul
(Skinnyfish Music/MGM)

For further information please contact: Steven Godbee - Steven Godbee Publicity
Ph: (02) 9362 5405 / Mobile: 0408 706 099 / Email: sgpublicity@bigpond.com
www.ariaawards.com.au



                 The 2008 ARIA Awards will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, at ACER ARENA
                         and be broadcast exclusively on Network Ten from 7.30pm.
                            General public tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.

                     For Media Information on the 2008 ARIA Awards please contact:
                      Ferris Davies PRM     Phone: (02) 9555 5807/Fax: (02) 9555 5084
         Rina Ferris: rina@ferrisdaviesprm.com.au/Katie Hardwick: katie@ferrisdaviesprm.com.au
                           General Enquiries: ARIAAwards@ferrisdaviesprm.com.au

                                         or Network Ten publicity:
                          Jael Napper: jnapper@networkten.com.au/(02) 9650 1010

				
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